Hasselblad’s Stellar Launch

In Hasselblad’s second notable launch of the year, the Swedish camera manufacturer has unveiled a 20.2-megapixel point-and-shoot unit called the Stellar. The news comes on the heels of the company’s very first foray into the consumer digital market, which took place June 1 with the release of the compact-system camera Lunar.
Like the Lunar, the Stellar ($1,990) features a customizable design that employs luxurious materials, such as exotic woods (in the Stellar’s case, they include olive, zebra, padauk, walnu…

Sneak Peek: The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The 283-room St. Regis Abu Dhabi opened on August 15 with the potential to become the top hotel in the city.
Why to Go: Eight years ago the $3 billion gold-and-marble-laden Emirates Palace hotel opened on Abu Dhabi’s main thoroughfare and seaside promenade, called the Corniche. That opening kicked off a luxury building boom in the wealthy emirate that has yielded one of the world’s most modern cities. On the Corniche, the new beachfront Nation Towers skyscrapers house the St. Regis and the highest suspended …

Arnold & Son’s Time Pyramid

Look out for Arnold & Son’s Time Pyramid watch, the newest addition to the company’s Instrument Collection. Its skeletonized pyramid-shaped movement appears to be floating between two sapphire crystals. The Time Pyramid isn’t expected to hit stores in the United States until later this month, but it is one of the most striking examples of architectural watchmaking I have seen this year. (213.622.1716)

Ulysse Nardin’s New Minute Repeater Captures the Spirit of Venice

Collectors will remember the city of Venice as the inspiration for the Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin’s famous San Marco minute repeater. This year, the company’s newest limited-edition minute repeater illustrates the city’s world-famous carnival with two automata, in the form of masked figures standing in front of the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal. Depicted in cloissoné enamel—an intricate technique practiced by few artisans today—the figures lift their masks in sync with the activated movement, which has …

Sandrine Stern Reveals Patek Philippe’s Vision for Women’s Watches

The career of Sandrine Stern, design director at Patek Philippe, spans a period when the traditional Geneva manufacturer transformed itself into a viable, if not enviable, maker of women’s watches. Over the last five years she has overseen the development of a series of women’s complicated timepieces that have innovated in the genre while staying true to the company’s well-established design ethic. Robb Report recently sat down with Stern to discuss the brand’s latest designs for women.James Malcolmson